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Saturday's South Armagh Community 'Litter Pick' has been hailed as a great success with hundreds of bags of litter lifted throughout the area.

The event saw communities from throughout South Armagh out and about collecting litter and participants were praised by Finance Minister Conor Murphy who joined in on the day at Camlough.

The litter pick at Camlough.

Mr Murphy said "Litter dropping is a nuisance and destroys neighbourhoods and  I applaud the fabulous efforts by local sports groups, community groups, families and individuals. These clean ups  shows the strength of community spirit and the efforts of the people involved must be commended.

The Newtownhamilton litter pick.

"Many local Sinn Féin elected representatives and activists joined their local  communities in  litter picks throughout the south Armagh area. Sports clubs, Community Groups and individuals from areas such as Bessbrook, Cloughreagh, Camloch, Culloville, Mullaghbawn, Silverbridge, Crossmaglen, Creggan, Cullyhanna, Dorsey,Carrickmaclone, Killean, Newtownhamilton, Forkhill, Dromintee, Meigh, Killeavy, Cloughoge, Whitecross and Belleek participated. Well done  to everyone who  got involved in this day long initiative, people and communities working together for all".

Liz Kimmins MLA echoing her colleagues sentiments said “A litter pick drive that took part across South Armagh this weekend was a wonderful initiative that saw communities clean up their immediate area. People worked together but from a distance to clean up South Armagh which has some of the best scenery on our island.  

"Over 15 bags of rubbish lifted in Cloughoge alone where I was contributing to the clean-up. A big thank you to everyone who was involved in keeping South Armagh tidy, the community spirit was certainly out in full force".

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